Press Release

July 25, 2001

No. 01-11 
301 585-4000
Cell:  301 996-8554

Contact: Jim Greene


General Richard B. Myers, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will give the keynote address at the tenth National Convention of Vietnam Veterans of America in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wednesday, August 1, 2001.

Myers is a Vietnam veteran and the nation’s second highest ranking military officer. The Air Force General is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in jets, including 600 combat hours in the F-4 Phantom in South Vietnam.

Myers will address more than 700 VVA delegates from chapters in 47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam whose job is to elect a new national president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the 19 members of VVA’s Board of Directors.  Myers will discuss how the military is changing to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

Outgoing VVA President George C. Duggins said VVA members can relate to Myers. Duggins said Myers’ career, which included a tour of duty in South Vietnam, began in the mid ’60s when many fulfilled their military commitment.  “He also can speak with authority on today’s all-volunteer military force.”

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi also will address VVA delegates. Principi, a Naval Academy graduate and Vietnam veteran, will discuss his plans to modernize the information technology apparatus of the Department to more efficiently serve our nation’s veterans.

Representatives Christopher Smith and Lane Evans, chairman and ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, are also scheduled to attend.

In addition to the election, delegates will establish resolutions designed to guide VVA over the next two years in critical areas such as Agent Orange, Homelessness, Employment/Training, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Veterans Against Drugs.  The delegates will recommend specific actions to help veterans in need.  Vietnam-era veterans comprise about one-third of America’s 26 million veterans.

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is 
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   


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